The power of PLAY!

Have you ever noticed that most of your childrenʼs toys are either hard plastic or some kind of soft fabric? In this class, we will work on exposing your children to a variety of sensory experiences. Multi-sensory play through movement and touch is vital to a growing brain! It helps our children learn to tolerate a variety of textures and movement experiences that they will eventually come in contact with as they grow. Exploring through touch and movement in a gradual manner, with a playful approach can help your little ones feel more comfortable and in control of their experience. 

Throughout this course, parents will learn the benefits of movement, “heavy work” and messy play. Parents and kiddos will experience hands-on opportunities to explore a variety of movement activities, play with a variety of textures and complete an art activity to take home. Across the 5 week course, we will explore a variety of movement and heavy work activities, as well as, progress our messy play in a sequence that our brains accept more naturally. 

Benefits of multi-sensory play: 

-promotes open-ended, creative play

-improves overall sensory processing and regulation (learning what sensory input we need to learn and what we can ignore/filter out)

-increases tolerance for foods via playful exploration of textures

-builds nerve connections in the brain through a variety of sensations

-encourages language and social interaction

-supports gross and fine motor skill development

-can increase mindfulness and reduce anxiety

You are doing it right.

You're doing it right!

By Midge Cox

With each giggle, each smile, each moment of lighting up – his brain is literally expanding in countless ways.

I’ve worked with so many babies and young children, along with their parents, over the years…mostly with moms. But I have to say when dad’s were involved and roughhousing with their child, sometimes simultaneously the child’s face would light up as the mom’s face was frightened. Maybe dad was doing something a bit too rough with his little one… of course safety comes first and you need to be careful but I love when fathers are a little more active and they know instinctively what their child likes! We can all learn from the dads who do facilitate happiness with some kind of movement with their child. With all of my knowledge I have of the young brain and what we can do to stimulate the wiring between neurons, it is downright exciting to offer a place where children can have fun! And parents can be empowered by their involvement with their child that will directly lead to increased cognitive development.

 

A new baby is like the beginning of all things – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.
– Eda J. LeShan

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